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Irvine New Year Polar Plunge 2020/21 Cancelled

Every year, hundreds of people brave the weather and plunge into the sea on New Year’s day in Irvine. Some just fr fun, many raising sponsorship funds for various charities.

Unfortunately the annual Polar Plunge for the 1st of January 2021 has been cancelled.

It’s been a year that has seen almost all events that involve mass-gatherings cancelled. In Irvine this year, we have seen events such as Marymass 2020, The Making Waves Festival (including The Dragon Boat Race) and many more events cancelled due to the pandemic.

The New Year 2021 Irvine Polar Plunge is the first event of the New Year in Irvine that is cancelled.

Bitterly Disappointed – The Polar Plunge Is Off

The hugely popular event is organised by Coastwatch Scotland – Irvine.

Coastwatch ensure the safety & wellbeing of participants.

Anne Dunlop is the Trustee & Secretary of Coastwatch. Anne told Irvine Beat FM that the organisers remained hopeful that the event could still go ahead, but at the end of November 2020 they received confirmation from authorities that that this year’s event could not be held due to Covid mass gathering restrictions.

Remaining positive, Anne told Irvine Beat FM that “Next year… on New Year’s Day 2022, the polar plunge will return and will be bigger and better. We very much hope to encourage more of the community to get involved”. On behalf of Coastwatch, Anne thanked sponsors, participants & everyone involved for their continued support.

Coastwatch Scotland – Irvine

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